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									                                                                    Volume 4, Edition 10, October 2005



                         “THE ART OF LEARNING BY DOING"

    A unique approach to empowering children for sustainable development
                              in rural areas

I have dedicated this Newsletter to our newly
published educational art story book, “The
Art of Learning by Doing” which has been so
well received and complemented by children,
Indonesian and foreign schools, parents,
foreign friends, bookshops and organisations.
The book has been seen as not only a resource
for teaching simple lessons of “learning by
doing” and the indisputable fact that children
can certainly teach their parents in rural
villages, but also in the modern age, and also
as a pleasant coffee table and library book. We
                                                     Front cover – Peace Mural by Cegi and Pengalusan children
are only selling the book in outlets that do not
seek commission as we want this 128 page book,
in seven chapters with 105 beautiful artworks by East Bali Poverty Project‟s (EBPP) children, to be
affordable to all sectors of society. Many people have bought multiple copies of the book to send
home as Christmas gifts for family and friends.




34 amazing paintings from the book were displayed at the launch and are presently exhibited in
Three Monkeys Art and Cuisine Restaurant in Ubud. Many more locations are planned in the near
future. We are now making prints of 16 of the best paintings in the book for sale as well as
postcards which will be in sets of 4. The Press release below gives the best description of the book,
followed by the summary of the great donors and sponsors who made this important publication
possible.


                                                                        Sustenance Newsletter, October 2005
                PRESS RELEASE: A NEW KIND OF EDUCATION

Ekoturin Foundation‟s East Bali Poverty Project, established in July 1998 in response to a plea for
help by an isolated mountain village of over two thousand families, with no water supply, roads or
electricity, has focused upon education as the force to alleviate poverty. When the foundation was
first conceived, most children in this isolated area of East Bali were malnourished and illiterate, and
the nearest government schools and health clinics were two to five hours mountainous walk away.
Interviews in late 1998 with over 1,000 families revealed a myriad of problems, yet when asked
their most urgent need, the villagers requested “education for our children so that they can lead us
to a better life and a self-sufficient future”.

The East Bali Poverty Project‟s mission is “to empower illiterate and malnourished children,
reduce poverty and promote culturally and ecologically sensitive sustainable development in
impoverished rural communities”, and the promise of “No handouts of money, rice or any
short-term solutions: any project must empower you, be sustainable and in accordance with
the community’s aspirations and needs”, was the springboard for an inspiring and productive
collaboration that began with communities in five of the most isolated hamlets.

Education, supported by full community motivation and participation has been the cornerstone of
successful progress to date, helped of course by many generous donors who have assisted, enabling
integration of all aspects of nutrition, health, hygiene, sanitation, sustainable land improvement and
creative arts into the education programmes.
                                                    This is an education with a difference, an
                                                    education that takes into account the situation of
                                                    the families of the children, and focuses upon their
                                                    needs. By only going to school for three days a
                                                    week, half a day each day, enabling them to still
                                                    help their parents in the fields and feeding the
                                                    cows that are their main source of income, these
                                                    children have managed to cover the entire
                                                    government curriculum and to date, 97 children
                                                    have passed the government exams with good
                                                    grades, as well as to learn new practical skills in
                                                    the all-important fields of health and sanitation,
   David & Sarita accompany Dr Djelantik on arrival
                                                    nutrition and sustainable organic agriculture.

                                                          The children have become the catalyst for
                                                          positive change in their previously subsistence
                                                          farming mountain society. They are now their
                                                          parent‟s teachers, especially in the rudiments of
                                                          organic vegetable farming, the key to ultimate
                                                          food security, self-reliance, sustainable health
                                                          improvement and ultimate sustainable social and
                                                          economic development. Many nutritious
                                                          vegetables and medicinal herbs are now growing
                                                          on steep and previously barren slopes that had
                                                          never supported crops before, not even cassava.

 EBPP‟s Bunga children illustrate Chapter 2 of “The Art   At the time of publishing this book, in 2005, the
       of Learning by Doing”: „School at Last‟            children are becoming expert trainers in land

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improvement and erosion control and many of their parents are learning in East Bali Poverty
Project‟s farming cooperatives to stabilise terraces with Vetiver grass, fertilize with organic worm
castings and grow new varieties of vegetables, and then seed-saving for planting the next crop. (I
will leave this out as we have not yet reached that stage due to late planting last season passing on
their seeds to new groups at the end of their first year.)

New horizons and prospects for the future are opening up every day, with the confidence the
children are gaining in the fields of Art, Writing, Theatre and their experience in Organic
Gardening. Food security, self reliance and sustainable social and economic development are all
now within reach of these isolated communities that only six short years ago had no communication
with the outside world and did not believe that life could ever change.




                                                            EBPP junior high school children, tutor and staff flanked
By sharing these wonderful works of art, and             by Linda Garland and David, at the rear of Linda‟s
stories from our children with you today, and          house prior to departure to Desa Ban, a 3-hour bus trip -
                                                              and an extra hour‟s walk home for many
offering the opportunity for all to buy and
donate our bilingual book "The Art of Learning by Doing" to other needy schools in Bali, we
hope to inspire other school children and teachers throughout Indonesia, through their reading and
language programs, to discover the wonderful opportunities for them, as long as they are willing to
open their minds to a new and more caring kind of Education, where the children do not have to be
drilled for long hours to memorise facts, or coerced into coming back to school after dark to take
additional courses for high achievement.

In this new kind of Education, created through "The Art of Learning by Doing" at East Bali
Poverty Project, it is possible to elevate the children and all their families into improving their own
environment, taking good care of their sanitation and nutrition to attain good health, and to create a
gentle and caring environment, giving our children the keys to developing a healthy, sustainable and
joyous lifestyle, within their own communities, for the future of all.

SPONSORS FOR THE EVENT

East Bali Poverty Project team and children thank the following for their support in the production
and 25th September launch of amazing educational art story book about the lives of the children in
East Bali Poverty Project‟s schools: Annika Linden Foundation for sponsoring the production of the
book; Linda Garland for providing her wonderful estate in Nyuh Kuning and all of the delicious
young coconut and coffee refreshments as well as giving so many ideas and advice for the set-up
and launch at her home; Sarita Newson & the team of Saritaksu Communication who designed the
book and gave their hearts to ensure that the launch went without a hitch; Bali Dynasty Resort, our
key education sponsor since 2000, for sponsoring the high quality buses to transport EBPP children,
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tutors and staff to and from east Bali with care and consideration; John Hardy for providing three
meals for EBPP‟s 70 people and a tour of his Mambal estate; Agung Rai for hosting our 2 busloads
of people from East Bali for their first ever tour outside their village, around his amazing ARMA
Museum; The great Ubud restaurants of Three Monkeys, Terrazzo, Batan Waru and Ary‟s Warung
for providing the delicious finger foods and deserts for all of the guests; Desa Adat Nyuh Kuning
for providing and manning the parking facilities; and finally, one of our supporters since 2001, John
Epstein, for his kind donation towards the book launch costs.

For more information on where to buy the book, on any of East Bali Poverty Project activities or if
you would like to support us, please call me or Tri on (0361) 410071, email
info@eastbalipovertyproject.org or check our Homepage: www.eastbalipovertyproject.org




                                                                  Sustenance Newsletter, October 2005

								
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